What is it?
No prizes for guessing that this is the new, much-improved version of the old Nissan 350Z. It's a tiny bit more expensive than before and there are now three different models to choose from: 370Z, 370ZGT and 370Z Ultimate.
All of them share the same basic mechanical specification, which consists of a new 3.7-litre, 326bhp V6 engine, a considerably tweaked rear-wheel drive chassis and a redesigned bodyshell that wouldn’t look out of place at next year’s Mr Universe contest.
Prices start from £27,000 for the entry-level version, rising to "approximately" £29,500 for the better specified GT and £32,000 for the top-level Ultimate. There’s also a brand new seven-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters available for an extra £1400 (it's standard in Ultimate spec), which we’ve tried, and which is excellent.
Nissan describes the new 370Z as being similar to the 350Z in personality, but 15-20 per cent sharper, which explains why it’s 32kg lighter, a tiny bit shorter both in bodyshell and wheelbase, and has a touch more power and torque – up from 309bhp and 264lb ft to 326bhp and 269lb ft.
What’s it like?
Although you need to be a particular type of driver to fully appreciate where Nissan is coming from with the 370Z, it’s an absolute riot on the right kind of road (and a pretty capable all-rounder on most other roads, truth be told). Just like the old car only more so, it’s a traditional rear-wheel-drive coupe that moves around a bit if you want it to but which has no nasty surprises up its sleeve.